The unknown hacker, who calls himself a “collector”, has leaked naked photos of “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence over the weekend. Moreover, the anonymous says he revealed images of other 100 celebs, including Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Kelly Brook.
According to the “collector,” he bought the photos using bitcoin. The cryptocurrency without a central authority can be purchased by anonymous buyers what increases privacy and minimizes fraud risk.
Bitcoin, which is currently valued at £291.29, is often criticized for being used for illegal activities, such as sharing private photos. It is easy to keep anonymity utilizing different bitcoin adresses for different transactions. Furthermore, bitcoin users can trade the currency which links them to other coins having different transaction histories.
However, it is unclear how the hacker acquired the images in the first place but it is possible that they were obtained after the person accessed the iCloud accounts and mobile phones of the named celebs.
On Monday, the faceless person who posted photos of Jennifer Lawrence, wrote a statement on 4chan website: “I didn’t take the money and run. S**8 got weird once I started posting samples.”
“People wanted s*** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i’m not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn’t get close to what I was hoping,” the poster continued.
He added: “Mainly because of the extra bitcoin spammers spamming their own address.. taking my original posts and passing them off as their own to try and get bitcoin.. but also because of the skeptics. I proved I had s***, but people wanted more and more for free. Well, fuck, you can’t get everything for free sometimes.”
“Anyway, back to weird s*** happening when I posted samples.. someone was tracking me, trying to find me.. ISP kept cutting out. Weird emails coming in.. Kinda freaked me out and I had to leave for a couple hours. I’m back, but it’s really fucking late right now. I’ll come back in the morning. My original bitcoin address for verification,” the hacker wrote.
The person also said he can share a sex tape of Jlaw (that he claims he has) in exchange for money. He wrote in his post: “I know no one will believe me, but i have a short Lawrence video. It is way too short, a little over 2 minutes and you only get to see her boobs. Anyways, if somebody wants it let me know how i can upload it anonymously (i dont want the FBI over me, and you dont wanna know how I got this video.)”